Following a very easy flight where I slept most of the way and only woke up to be served delicious ice-cream, I am now in Bangkok.
For actuaries the way of life here is very desirable. The basic salaries sound low especially after tax, but they are more than adequate to live a comfortable ex-pat lifestyle.
The cost of living here is extremely low. e.g. a half hour taxi ride that in London costs an arm and a leg here is less than £2. Certain things are expensive eg. one scoop of Haagen Das ice-cream that I bought from a department store cost approximately double my taxi fare back to the hotel.
If any actuaries want further information about lifestyle or work in Bangkok they should either register or update their registration on the GAAPS website or contact me by phone (020 7397 6200) after my return to the UK on 2nd of August.
Photos from the Worshipful Company of Poulters 7th Annual Pancake Race on Shrove Tuesday in the Guildhall Yard in the City of London.
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Jason has arrived in Sydney to join Tony at GAAPS PTY Australia.
So far he has looked for actuaries on Bondi Beach,
on Sydney Bridge,
and on a cruise.
So, if you are an actuary looking for a job in Australia, check out the GAAPS website for the latest vacancies.
(And if you are an employer, please be aware that we have a comprehensive database, we don’t limit ourselves to the actuaries that we find at popular tourist attractions.)
Jason has stopped over in Singapore on his way to join Tony at GAAPS PTY Australia.
He’s taking advantage of the stopover for a number of company visits so let us know if you are looking for an actuary job in Singapore or an actuary job in Asia.
Travelling to meetings closer to home, Yaxue and Collette went to visit a client in Kingswood, Surrey and took these photos of the quaint railway station on the Southern line and the inside of the Station House.
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From 1st December 2010 till 31st January 2011, all eligible entrants who register or update their details on the GAAPS website will automatically be entered into a free prize draw.
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Last Friday morning, Eurostar brought me from London St Pancras to Brussels, the heart of Europe, renowned for its delicious chocolates, beer, and waffles. Getting off the train, I found every sign post was in French, Dutch or German. How can I do?! No worries! The people here are friendly and welcoming, who are easy to converse with in English as well.
After a short nap in hotel, I was fresh as a daisy.Yeah! It was time to attend the Night of Actuaries! Taking a shower, shining my shoes. Ready? Here we go!
In the event, I met many European actuaries. We talked about the implementation of Solvency II, the emerging of Asia market, the culture of China… In the meanwhile, they were quite happy to be the “business card” of Brussels- What is the best beer? Where is the best tourist destination, etc. Actuary became a city marketer:）Also, I felt myself being the most welcomed guest in the night.
The next two days, I took it as a great opportunity to discover the city. Grand palace, Coudenburg, Mini Europe, Atomium, etc, I was not only impressed by all these popular attractions, fabulous architectures, but also appreciated Brussels’ great spirit and unique humour!
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We started the day with a breakfast meeting with a client, and then met with a candidate in the afternoon.
Checked out at 4pm and journeyed back to UK.
All in all it was a very successful visit and I am already looking forward to next years careers fair.
Wanda and Geraldine went to Rosebank, another district with hotels, shops, businesses and housing to do some shopping. They have a famous Sunday morning market, selling African ware, clothes, food, flee market. Took opportunity to buy gifts: African jewellery and glassware. It was very busy and outside, lots going on with steel drum band playing and big area of restaurants and bars.
Geraldine went out for dinner with some local actuaries.
Geraldine relaxed in the hotel resting in the sunshine by pool. The temperature was 27/28 degrees at the weekend, an improvement on when we first arrived.
The finals for the Calvin Klein underwear model competition were being held at the department store next to the hotel. Wanda just happened to be passing by when the 10 finalists were in the window posing in their underwear so had to take a photo….
Wanda went to a game reserve about an hours drive away from hotel. Saw a variety of wild life: White lions, Cheetahs, Wild dogs, wildebeasts, wart hogs, water buffalo, zebra, hippos, Ostrich, springbok etc. They also had an area with baby animals and there was an opportunity to cuddle the lion cubs.